Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Girls can have fun at Warbirds Over Wanaka

Death defying aerobatics, historic machinery and the sound of a deep, throaty engine may not be every girl’s idea of the perfect day out – but premium hospitality company Good Group Ltd has come up with the ideal solution for those visitors to this year’s iconic Warbirds over Wanaka International airshow.

While no-one could fail to be impressed with the outstanding display of pyrotechnics, aerial dogfight recreations and military displays on offer at the three-day airshow, they tend to get the heart rate of your average male beating faster than some of their partners.

So this year Good Group Ltd (GGL) is introducing the ‘Veuve Cliquot Club’, a female-friendly lawn alongside its Heineken Hotel, another GGL initiative for the 2010 airshow.

“While the boys watch the aircraft and wander around the exhibits, their partners can relax and enjoy a glass of good champagne or wine while still being in a premium spot to catch the best of the action,” said Good Group Sales and Service Development Manager Sarah Stacey.

“From there they can visit the Regional Food and Wine Expo, which is also being held for the first time, and the Market Stall hangar.

“The expo will feature 25 stalls inside Hangar 6, showcasing some of the best food and wine from the region. There’ll be a selection of mouth-watering morsels from Botswana Butchery and will exhibit its own wine and water range including Mount Charlotte and Wild Fire wines and Rockpool waters.”

Queenstown-based GGL owns bars, restaurants and liquor stores throughout New Zealand and is a major sponsor of the biennial Warbirds over Wanaka (WOW) for 2010 and 2012. It is providing an innovative range of mobile hospitality venues at the event, held over Easter from April 2-4.

GGL has secured exclusive beverage pourage rights for the event and has introduced the ultimate hospitality package in the Travelling Goodbars Marquee, a 300-seat private marquee in a prime area of the venue.

Open daily from 8am to 5pm on each of the three days of the airshow, a daily package includes entry to the event, a Warbirds Over Wanaka programme, a complimentary drink on arrival, guaranteed seating within the marquee, which also has a fantastic outdoor viewing area, and tasty barbeque lunch and afternoon tea provided by Otago’s premier dining venue Botswana Butchery.

A cash bar is available throughout the day and there will be a VIP host and entertainment daily. Tickets on Friday April 2 are $125pp or $1125 for a table of ten, or $150pp and $1350 per table on Saturday and Sunday April 3 and 4. Tickets are available through Ticket Direct on

“A visit to this year’s airshow promises to be a fantastic day out for everyone,” said Ms Stacey. “Traditionally it attracts around 100,000 people through the gates over the three days so people will have to be quick if they want to secure a spot in the marquee.”

Betty’s Liquorstores, also owned by the company, will be operating five kiosks around the site to ensure guests have easy access to food and a full range of beverages, including non-alcoholic drinks, beer and wine as well as fast food and confectionary.

General admission to the airshow is $70 for adults and $10 for children. Bus transport will be provided from the airshow back into Wanaka at the end of each day.

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